Present Simple Wh Questions ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

A Day in the Life of a Football Player

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Reading, Writing and Listening - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this free present simple information gap activity, students complete a text about a football player's routine on matchday by asking and answering Wh questions. In two groups, students complete the present simple Wh questions they need to find out the missing information in the text on their worksheet. Next, students pair up with someone from the other group. The students then ask their partner the present simple Wh questions they have prepared and complete the gaps in the text with their partner's answers. When the students have finished, they compare worksheets to check their answers.
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Interactive Version - In this free present simple breakout room activity, students complete present simple Wh questions to find out missing information in a text and then ask and answer the questions with a partner.

 

At the Party

ESL Present Simple Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this present simple questions speaking activity, students learn how to ask Wh questions about personal information. The students' task is to take on the identity of a person at a party and complete the missing information on their worksheet about other people at the party. Students go around asking present simple Wh questions to the other people in their group and they complete their worksheet with the missing information. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on the people they met at the party using the present simple.
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Habits and Routines

ESL Present Simple Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this present simple routines activity, students ask and answer questions to find people with the same habits and routines. Students begin by making present simple Wh questions from the prompts on the worksheet. The students then answer the questions in the column marked 'You'. Students then go around the class asking and answering the questions on their worksheet to find people with the same answers. When a student finds someone with the same habit or routine, the two students write each other's names on the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.
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Information Exchange

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This present simple information gap activity helps to teach students how to ask and answer Wh questions with the third-person singular. In the activity, students exchange personal information about four people in order to complete missing information in a chart. Students take it in turns to ask present simple Wh questions from the prompts to their partner and complete the chart with their answers. When the students have finished, they compare worksheets to check their answers..
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Interactive Version - In this present simple interactive breakout room activity, pairs of students ask and answer present simple Wh questions about four people in order to complete missing information in a chart.

 

Question Time

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This free present simple Wh questions worksheet helps students learn and practice Wh questions in the present simple tense. Students start by matching each question word with its correct usage. Students then complete present simple questions with a suitable question word. Next, students sort the questions into the correct columns, according to their grammatical form. In the last exercise, students write present simple Wh questions that elicit a set of answers.
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Interactive Version - In this present simple Wh questions interactive worksheet, students complete exercises to learn question words and how to form present simple Wh questions.

 

What do they do?

ESL Free-Time Routines Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this present simple Wh questions with 'do' activity, students ask and answer questions in the third-person singular in order to complete information about four people's free-time routines. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask their partner questions to complete information about the four people's free-time routines, e.g. 'What does Nora do on Saturday afternoons?' Their partner looks at the corresponding information in the chart on their worksheet and makes a present simple sentence using the third-person, e.g. 'She goes to the park'. The other student then writes the activity in the chart. This continues until both students have completed their charts.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive breakout room activity, students ask and answer present simple Wh questions about four people's free-time routines with a partner in order to complete a chart.

 

Abnormal Answers

ESL Present Simple Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this amusing present simple questions game, students ask a series of questions and their partner delays their answer to each question until the next question is asked. Student A begins by asking the present simple 'What...?' questions on their worksheet to Student B who delays their answer to each question until the next question is asked. For example, when Student A asks their first question 'Where do you go swimming?', Student B doesn't reply. When Student A asks the second question 'Where do you cook?', the student replies to the first question, e.g. 'In a swimming pool'. When the students have finished, they swap roles and Student B asks their present simple 'Why...?' questions. Afterwards, the students create their own list of ten present simple questions using one type of question word and play the game again with a different partner.
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Information Gathering

ESL Present Simple Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this rewarding present simple questions activity, students find out information about their classmates' habits and routines by asking and answering Wh questions. Give each student a question card about routine activities. The students' task is to find out the answer to the question on their card by speaking to everybody in the class. Students go around the class asking and answering their questions and noting down their classmates' responses. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to report back to the class on the information they found out.
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Just a Normal Day

ESL Daily Routines Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free present simple questions activity, students ask and answer Wh questions about daily routines. In pairs, students take it in turns to interview their partner about their daily routine and write their answers on the worksheet. When both students have finished, they compare their daily routines and look for similarities and differences. Pairs then take it in turns to report back to the class on the information they found out. As an extension, students write a paragraph about their partner's daily routine in the present simple.
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Interactive Version - In this free present simple questions breakout room activity, pairs of students ask and answer present simple Wh questions about their daily routine.

 

Likewise

ESL Habits and Routines Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This engaging present simple questions speaking activity helps to teach students how to ask and answer questions about habits and routines. To begin, students complete present simple sentences on the worksheet about their habits and routine, e.g. 'In the evening, I usually watch TV at home'. The students then work in pairs and write down present simple Wh questions that correspond to the sentences, e.g. 'What do you usually do in the evening?' Next, students go around the classroom asking and answering their questions. When a student finds someone with the same answer, the student says 'Likewise'. The two students then write each other's names in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students discuss their findings with the class.
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Mistakes, Mistakes

ESL Present Simple Error Correction Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this present simple questions activity, students correct mistakes in third-person singular 'Wh' questions. Students then use the questions to interview a partner about a person they know well. Students start by reading 12 present simple 'Wh' questions, six of which contain mistakes. The students then find the six mistakes and correct them. Next, students take it in turns to check their corrections with their partner who has the answer key. After the questions have been checked, students interview their partner about a person they know well using the questions on the worksheet.
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Interactive Version - In this present simple questions breakout room activity, students correct errors in present simple third-person singular Wh questions and then use the questions to interview a partner about a friend's routine and habits.

 

Put it together

ESL Present Simple Questions Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free present simple speaking activity, students practice asking and answering Wh questions with the verb 'to be' and 'do'. In groups, students take it in turns to take a card and ask the other students in the group a present simple Wh question by adding do, does or the verb 'to be' to the question on the card. The other students then respond in turn. When the question has been fully answered, the next student takes a card and so on. When the students have finished, they give feedback to the class on what they found out about their classmates
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True or False?

ESL Present Simple Questions Board Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this amusing present simple questions game, students practice asking and answering Wh questions about daily routines and habits. Students take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they pick up a true or false card and look at it. The student on their right then asks the player a present simple Wh question from the prompt on the square. The player gives a true or false answer in sentence form, according to the instructions on the card. If a player lands on a question mark square, the student on the right can ask any present simple Wh question they like. All the students, including the one that asked the question, guess whether the player’s answer is true or false. The player then reveals the answer. Each student scores one point for a correct guess. When someone reaches the finish, the game ends. The student with the most points wins the game.
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I have a question

ESL Present Simple Wh Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 45 minutes

Here is a fast-paced present simple questions game to help students practice making Wh questions. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask as many present simple Wh questions as they can about the topic on the card in two minutes. Students ask their questions to the other group members in turn. Students score a point for each correctly formed present simple Wh question they ask relating to the topic. Each question must be answered by a group member before the student can ask another question. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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